As usual, the readings take place in the Shakespeare Tavern, 68 Prince St. The evening will kick off at 7:30, there will be a break between the readings for replenishing your glasses, and a Q&A session at the end. Food is available until 9:00 pm.
December 4th, 2013 · No Comments
November 25th, 2013 · No Comments
The date for the 2014 event has finally been finalised as 25th October. Our apologies to anyone who bought a membership on the basis of it being on the 18th. Hopefully we’ve contacted all those people now, but if you were such a person and haven’t heard from us, please do get in touch.
So, hurrah! – We are now able to sell 2014 memberships at the Early Bird rate of £20. Don’t forget, this rate will only be available until May, from which point we’ll be moving over to our Advance rate of £25.
We’re still working on updating the website, and of course we’ll have lots of news to share with you throughout the year, so check back here for updates.
Before buying a membership, prospective dealers should contact dealers@ and artists should contact artshow@ (bristolcon.org).
Whether you’re an old friend or a first-timer, we’re looking forward to seeing you next year!
November 14th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Our November Fringe Reading will take place on Monday November 18th. As usual we are in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern, 68 Prince St. on Monday August 19th. The event will start at 7:30pm, and food will be available until 9:00pm. The guests for November are Jonathan L. Howard and Ian Millsted.
Jonathan L. Howard is an author, scriptwriter, and game designer. He is best know for the Johannes Cabal series, and for the YA SF Russalka Chronicles. He lives near Bristol with his wife and daughter.
Ian Millsted migrated from Essex to Bristol via Norwich. He currently teaches in Bath. He has had a few short stories published in various places, and was short listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize a few years back. He also writes about comics for Back Issue magazine. Mostly he is just trying to do more in less time.
Books will be on sale, courtesy of the authors, Wizard’s Tower and the BristolCon Foundation.
November 14th, 2013 · No Comments
Remember that writing event at the Festival of Literature? The one with all of the tentacles? Well, the aim was to produce a book, and that book is now available. What’s more it has stories in it by some good friends of ours, including Ian Milsted, Rosie Oliver, Scott Lewis, Piotr Świetlik and Kevlin Henney. You can buy The Kraken Rises here. All proceeds benefit the Festival of Literature.
Our Jo talks to the man behind the project, Pete Sutton, over at her blog.
November 11th, 2013 · No Comments
BristolCon might be over, but the Fringe reading series continues throughout the year. Our next event takes place in one week’s time, on the evening of Monday November 18th. The readers will be Jonathan L. Howard and Ian Millsted. We’ll tell you more about that later in the week. But now, to whet your appetites, here are the readings from September.
We opened up with Polish writer, Piotr Świetlik. Our apologies to Piotr for some weird sound effects part way through. We are still working on how best to cut out the background noise from the other bar at the Shakespeare. Piotr reads a short story that he has more or less finished.
Our second reader was Tim Maughan, making his last but one public appearance before leaving Bristol for a life of debauchery in Amsterdam. He’s promised to come back and visit us. Tim reads the opening of “Limited Edition”, a Bristol-based story that appeared in Arc magazine, and the whole of “Zero Hours”, a story that got a lot of attention online.
Finally there was a Q&A session. Piotr answered questions about writing in two languages and the SF&F scene in Poland, while Tim talked about the influence of hip-hop on his writing and gave us some exclusive information about the novel he is working on.
November 7th, 2013 · No Comments
Someone kindly posted the clip to YouTube, so we can share it with you.
Of course this prompts us to wonder what Star Wars quote you would want to use in an audition. I have a bad feeling about this…
November 6th, 2013 · No Comments
This morning we got a call from the BBC asking if anyone would like to comment on the UK auditions for the new Star Wars movie that are due to start in Bristol on Saturday. Our Glorious Leader, Jo Hall, and our good friend, Gareth L. Powell took themselves off to Forbidden Planet where they were interviewed on camera. You never quite know with TV news what will happen to the material, but there is a good chance that Jo and Gareth will be on Points West tonight. They might even make it to the national news. We shall be watching with interest (well, most of us: Jo and Gareth might be hiding behind the sofa).
Update: Jo and Gareth were indeed on Points West. You should be able to catch them on the iPlayer here. They are the last feature on the show (but do watch the segment on the wild boar as well because the piglets are mega-cute).
October 31st, 2013 · Comments Off
The Junction 3 Library is having a Doctor Who month in November, with two major events and an ongoing display. The two events are:
A Young People’s Creative Writing Workshop, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on November 15th.
An Author Event, featuring our good friends Scott Cavan and Nick Walters, plus David Llewellyn, from 7:00pm to 8:15om on November 15th.
Tickets are FREE for both events but places should be booked in advance by ringing Junction 3 Library on 0117 922 3001 or visiting any Bristol Library.
For J3 Library location maps and opening times, go here.
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October 29th, 2013 · Comments Off
BristolCon is over for another year, and your committee is slowly recovering from the weekend’s madness. We’ll get the website updates for 2014 soon, but in the meantime there are two important things to do.
Firstly, next year. The 2014 BristolCon will be on October 18th at the usual venue. Our writer Guests of Honour will be Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Emma Newman. We are still talking to artists and hope to have an additional Guest of Honour announced soon.
Secondly, thank you all for making the day such fun for us all. Some of you have even been kind enough to write about the convention. We have links to a few con reports below, and we’ll add to that as we hear of new ones.
October 25th, 2013 · Comments Off
Advance membership purchases and Kaffeklatsch bookings are now closed.
If you don’t have one, you can buy a membership on the door when you arrive.
Kaffeklatsch booking will re-open at 9:00am at the Committee Table.
We are delighted to note that we had a record number of advance memberships this year.
See you all tonight (Friday) or on Saturday morning.